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>> whitaker: i'm bill whitaker.al edition of "60 minutes," including a story about heroin in the heartland of america, andour rare
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ptioning funded by cbs and ford. we go further, so you can. >> whitaker: what is this?oin as primarily an inner city problem, but dealers are making huge profits by expanding to new, lucrative markets-- suburbs all i'm sitting here looking at you, and you look young and fresh.
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next door.re addicted to heroin. >> i mean, obviously, it's very flattering that you say, like, i don't look like a junkie. be a junkie. i mean, anybody can be a junkie. >> take your time. >> the older people are passing it onto the younger generationion can pass it onto the next generation. >> this is your mission. i don't want this music to die. >> i'm going homee to live... seem to be any risk of any music dying here, as they took the stage to kicking," before a packed house in harlem.
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drug cartels are making hugeanding to new, lucrative markets-- suburbs all across the country. it's basic economics-- theere the money is. and as we first reported last fall, they're cultivating a new ol students, college athletes, teachers, and professionals. e, in places like columbus, ohio. the area has long been viewed asamerican that, for years, many companies have gone there to test new products.burbs to see how heroin is taking hold in the heartland. you, and you look young and fresh. you're the... you're the girl next door.to heroin. >> hannah morris: i mean, obviously, it's very flattering that you say, like, i don't look like a junkie. be a
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i mean, anybody can be a junkie. >> whitaker: hannah morris is in college now.clean for over a year, but in high school, she was using heroin. columbus, in the upper middle-class suburb of worthington. her parents are professionals. $87,000 a year. before she got hooked on heroin, hannah thought it was just another party drug.to those depths? what was the path you took? >> morris: it started with weed, good weed. went to... oh, my gosh, i went to pills, and it was still fun-- you know, percocet, xanax,nd of stuff. and then, yeah, heroin. i started smoking it at first. >> whitaker: so you were what, 15? >> morris: yeah. my gosh, that was amazing." >> whitaker: you remember it even now? >> morris: oh, yeah. let's say i've never done a drug in my life. s at a six or a seven at a scale out of ten, you know.
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you're automatically at a 26.want that again." >> whitaker: hannah says the heroin was so addictive that,veral other students went from smoking it at parties to shooting it up at high school. school in the bathroom. >> whitaker: a syringe? >> morris: a syringe. i would have it in my purse, all ready to go.na morrison has struggled to remain clean for three years. she comes from a town that is smaller and more rural than hannah's. addiction started with legal opiates-- pain pills you can get with a prescription. identical to heroin. >> jenna morrison: i got on pain pills pretty bad when i wasd 16. >> whitaker: and the heroin came... >> morrison: when i was 18. >> whitaker: was it an easyills to heroin?
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heroin is an opiate.hat was the same thing as the pills that i was using. >> whitaker: why were you using all these drugs? >> morrison: i'm in a small town. do. and i was hanging out with older people. so, that was our way of having fun, partying. is the worst drug epidemic i've seen in... in my lifetime. >> whitaker: mike dewine is the he's a former u.s. senator, congressman, and a county prosecutor. we met him at a state crime lab outside columbus.in every single county. it's in our cities, but it's also in our wealthier suburbs. there is no place in ohio where you can hide from it. >> whitaker: it's that pervasive? is no place in ohio where you couldn't have it delivered to you in 15, 20 minutes.say, "hey, do you have this?" we can meet. they would bring it to my house,
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>> whitaker: full service. >> morris: uh-huh, yeah. to me, it was easier to get than weed or cocaine, definitely easier. >> whitaker: dealers withexican cartels sell heroin everywhere, even in this department store parking lot outside columbus.ut of that car right there. >> whitaker: our cameras captured the purchase of this heroin by an undercover police informant. what is this?a couple types of heroin that we see. >> whitaker: attorney general mike dewine's staffers say the mexican heroin can be cheap-- $10 a hit or less.it is cut with other drugs that make it even more powerful and deadly. and dealers keep inventing newment. and what do you have here? >> these are actually tablets. like a actual prescription tablet, but they contain heroin. >> whitaker: heroin in pill form. >> that look like pills, correct. this is new. >> very new.
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the lab. >> whitaker: and something elsenew since his days as a county prosecutor- - heroin has lost its stigma as a poisonous, back alley drug. >> dewine: there's nor anymore that stops a young person or an older person from taking heroin. >> whitaker: so, who is thehio today? >> dewine: anybody watching today this show. it could be your family.erson. it just has permeated every segment of society in ohio.ven the well-to-do town of pickerington, 30 minutes outside of columbus. tyler campbell was a star of the team. he went on to play division one at the university of akron. for tyler, heroin wasn't a party drug.nd christy campbell, say his heroin habit grew from his addiction to opiate painkillers, prescribedured his
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what were the pills? >> christy campbell: it was vicodin. >> wayne campbell: vicodin. shoulder surgery. >> whitaker: that's a normal prescription? >> wayne campbell: for that procedure. s to sell their excess pills. they're popular recreational drugs in high schools and colleges, so much in demand that pill addicts like tyler often switch to heroin because it's a cheaper opiate with a bigger high. out of rehab four times. the night he came home the last time, he couldn't fight therge that is heroin addiction. he shot up in his bedroom and died of a heroin overdose.ddict on his college football team. >> wayne campbell: unfortunately, the quarterback 2011, same situation. >> christy campbell: same-- accidental overdose. >> first of all, if you don't talk about it, right? >> whitaker: after tyler died,t many families
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columbus. like tyler, most got hooked on pills first. started with pain pills? >> absolutely..j. and heidi riggs' daughter died of a heroin overdose. marin was a high school basketball player and captain of her golf team.d brian malone's daughter alyssa died of an overdose earlier this year. brenda stewart has two sons in recovery.nna morrison's mother, and has a second daughter who is also a recovering addict.dict. >> rob brandt: he battled it through high school. >> whitaker: he says his sonills prescribed by a dentist after his wisdom teeth were removed. he was in training with theng to serve in afghanistan. >> brandt: and when he came home, he met up with an old nd sell prescription medications with, and that old friend introduced him to heroin.
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and he got clean. but the drug called his name again and... and he said yes, and he passed from an accidental overdose. >> whitaker: for many of these parents, the hardest thing to accept was losing their childrenhey'd finally beaten the addiction. >> lea heidman: she passed away the day after st. patrick's day.ick's day a picture of her on her laptop, studying, doingng, "no partying for me, not even a single drink. i'm staying in and i'm... and i'm working." used, and that was the last time she used. >> tracy morrison: i am a nurse... >> whitaker: tracy morrison,ned to be a nurse more than 30 years ago. she says the medical profession must bear some responsibilitymic. she says doctors over-prescribe pain medications. >> tracy morrison: i graduated
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decided to swing the pendulum from not treating pain to treat everybody's pain. i was a part of that.had no idea that we were addicting people.e quarters of a billion pain pills were prescribed by doctors in every man, woman and child in the state. how did you respond when your using heroin? >> tracy morrison: well, they first told me they were using found out they were using heroin was i came home from work one day, made dinner, and i was yellingo come for dinner and she didn't. and i walked into her bedroom and her boyfriend was shooting her up. >> whitaker: you saw this? >> tracy morrison: i saw it.d you do? >> tracy morrison: dropped the plate of food. i dropped it. and i was hysterical. daughter jenna is 25 now.
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alive. >> jenna morrison: in my to rehab 17 times, and i had been to jail six or seven times. , i got out, went to rehab, came home and relapsed, and then did it all over again.rdosed, as well? >> morrison: uh-huh. >> whitaker: how many times? >> morrison: i only overdosedin an ambulance. >> whitaker: jenna would have died if emergency medical technicians hadn't injected herhloride, also called narcan. it quickly reverses the effects of opiates in the brain. >> so this is the kit...he heroin problem in ohio is so big, families and friends of addicts-- not just health professionals-- are beingn, which is now available without a prescription. >> this is what it looks like. this is the little purple cap,. >> tracy morrison: this is a hurricane. >> whitaker: though she's a
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daughters were addicts. neither did the other parents. but they feel they missed all the signs and let their children down. you feel guilty? >> heidi riggs: you lost the battle, so you're always going to say, "is there something i could have done differently? didn't i notice it when i had missing spoons that it wasn't because, you know, they left cereal bowls upstairs. know, she was using them to shoot heroin." but who would have thought our children would ever do heroin? all of these parents say they wanted to talk to us because too many other families are embarrassed, in denial about their kids' heroin use.ma and shame are compounding the epidemic. >> heidi riggs: no one was talking about that we had heroin in pickerington., we were total shock when it happened. and... but the struggle was the stigma. >> brenda stewart: never say, "not my child." >> yeah, right.ecause you never know. it could end up being your
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>> brian malone: you never want to get that call. all. >> whitaker: the call you got? >> brian malone: the call you got, and we got the call. overdoses take the lives of at least 23 people in ohio every week. we were told many other heroin i'm sure there are some who would be watching this and would say, "heroin addicts are junkies and they brought this on, so why should we care?" >> tracy morrison: because we t on the couch eating bonbons and smoke and they weigh 300 pounds in prison. we don't belittle them, andigma. we don't do that to people that chain smoke and develop lung cancer. it's a chronic, relapsing brain end of story. and we need to accept it, even if it makes people uncomfortable. and if people don't like that,
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american culture-- african-, both gospel and popular music like soul and r&b. she found a pool of untappedn in what she calls the "second half of life," just waiting for their chance to shine. the show is called "alive: 55 plus and kickin'".ly fits the men and women who fill this harlem stage on saturday afternoons, "alive" also refersat is just how vy higginsen wants it. >> vy higginsen: the older people carry the music in their if they die, then that sound may be gone forever. >> stahl: her idea was not just to celebrate the music.
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show about the life experiences created it. she figured she'd start by finding the voices, then write afterward. at least, that was the plan over a year ago when she put out the call for auditions. t it on the radio, auditions for 55 plus, and they said, "this is a youth-oriented society. us." i want to hear about you! >> ( sunshine" ) harris, 65, was one of more than 200 people who showed up to audition.adio announcements on his way home from work. et. i said, "this is what i've been waiting for." >> stahl: "55 and over," i'm >> harris: i'm there. that's for me, yes. >> stahl: debbie bingham, 56,
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needed a steady job to raise here a nurse. >> debbie bingham: i worked in pediatrics, in the trauma center, so i did a little bit of everything. >> stahl: did you ever dream of singer? >> bingham: all the time. er, also 56, works for her local school district. >> renee walker: when i startedlf it would just be a temporary job until i made it as a singer. so, i've been there 31 temporary years. hl: in some cases, the talent was obvious. in others, like a 75-year-oldtle less so. >> higginsen: oh, matthew brown. he came in... he was bent over, looking down, and i was thinkingna happen here?" >> stahl: "he... he's not right
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know. i mean, look at... whew. at you and said, "uh-uh." >> matthew brown: yes. yes. yes. >> stahl: she told you that? >> brown: she told me that. he pulled his shoulders back. he started to sing.my chair. ah! >> brown: shall always be my song of praise... my god! that's what i'm looking for. >> brown: and i looked at her. laughs )ngs like that today? you can't turn on the radio and hear that.n i was a young girl. >> stahl: he sounded, to her, like nat king cole.ou had... that you got it? >> brown: i... i told myself,
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anything. >> ( singing "ain't no sunshine" ) different sound in theo harris' voice. him a little bit in the crooner/doo-wop section. >> stahl: the doo-wop. >> higginsen: the doo-wop time.en to create a story for each singer that would match their individual sound.hat kind of stories were right in front of her. theo harris revealed at his time in prison. when he said how much time, he wasn't sure anyone heard him correctly.y, who was the pianist, said, "wait a minute, how many years did you say?" and i said, "40." >> greg kelly: 40? >> harris: yes.ero? >> harris: yes. and that's when vy heard it. >> higginsen: 40 years in prison? >> harris: in and out.he had
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her neighborhood, harlem, to get money to feed a drug habit. was conflicted, but when she and her husband and collaborator, director ken wydro, made their choices andstart creating the show, theo was sitting front and center. why did you pick him if he'sroyed your neighborhood? >> higginsen: because he's part of it. he's part of the big picture. i can't ignore that. was necessary for him to have a second chance. perhaps he deserved it, another chance.theo harris wasn't the only one they had chosen with a dramatic story, and he wasn't the only one who needed a second chance. born the fourth of 13 children in north carolina, had spent most of his life illiterate.shamed, or i don't know what it was.
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learn.er and say, "read one word," i'm ready to run someplace.drank until the alcohol started to affect his singing voice, and that terrified him.member the last drink i had. it was a guy i was drinking with. i told him, i said, "this is the last drink you ever gonna see me drink."dn't believe you. but was it the last... >> brown: he might have been too drunk. that was it. >> stahl: that was it?n 28 years ago. >> stahl: 28 years ago. >> brown: november the 2nd, 28 years ago. his story, i just fell apart. i just... that's when you knew that story. >> stahl: yeah, you couldn't... >> higginsen: you can't... you couldn't really make that one up. >> stahl: it was a turning point.ided to take a risk-- to have each singer tell his or her own true story paired with a song.
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son. he passed away four years ago. diagnosed with cancer when he was 34 years old. >> stahl: oh, my word. she's the one who took care of him.t matter how much i knew. it didn't matter how much i helped other people, i just couldn't do anything. stahl: debbie knew what she wanted to sing in the show-- "i will always love you," the song made famous by whitney houston. >> bingham: only problem was vy wasn't crazy about it at first. >> higginsen: i wasn't sure.sure? >> higginsen: if that song is not sung the right way, it misses big time. vy said no. ken said, "why not?" vy said, "because."
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promise you you won't be disappointed." >> higginsen: how do you say no to that? >> stahl: you can't say no.no to that. but i did say, "okay. but have another song, just in ( laughs ) stahl: theo harris wanted to sing about his time in prison and how it was music that got him through.a 10:00 quiet bell, which meant all talking ceases. so one evening, i started singing.l quiet. and then when i finished, i heard somebody say, "who was that singing?" i said, "that was me." they said, "well, keep singing." >> stahl: keep singing. >> harris: keep singing.om that point on. >> stahl: any song you felt like? >> harris: and... well, they... and took requests. >> stahl: oh, took requests?ts, yes.
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time to get an education-- athen a masters in playwriting. when a musical he wrote was music brought him something else-- a leading lady. >> phyllis harris: of course, they had to get somebody froman all-male prison. and so my sister doris, she volunteered me.d her sister do volunteer work at the prison through their church. >> harris: so when she came in, we saw each other for the first time. it was just some chemistry there.? >> harris: right away. >> stahl: did you know that he had been a drug addict? first meeting. >> stahl: he told you everything?ur first visit, he told me everything. >> stahl: and she played your wife? >> harris: she played my wife in the play. and seven months later, she became my wife.while you were behind bars? >> harris: while i was in prison, yes. >> stahl: turns out vy had cast
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s hearing the stories of a generation, the generation that came of age during the era of urban decay civil rights-- the black baby boomers. >> higginsen: that was one of the most creative musical time periods.at were created out of the emotion. in the group had such dramatic stories of struggle. renee walker, the school clerk, raised her two children in a >> ken wydro: okay, whoa, whoa, whoa. what were you feeling singing that?u feeling? >> walker: it's hard for me, because i don't really like to talk about myself that much, nots. but ken was adamant about us getting in touch with our feelings.ed renee would sing about something that was really more success story than tragedy-- watching her sonsllege. >> wydro: and what did you feel
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>> walker: sad. >> wydro: sad. on the stage, it has to come out. >> walker: it has to come out. >> stahl: and there was one last story, from a man named matthew burke.harris had sung together in prison. he sold drugs, and committed violent armed robbery. he wanted to talk about in the show was what he had recently discovered in a case of his life. it says that you were abandoned at two-and-a-half weeks in a hallway. >> stahl: mother unknown. father unknown. the first thing most of us getname. he was simply "abandoned 2360." you are a number.nt to know
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i became 81a3684.32. that's been my life-- a number. >> stahl: you're smiling. but you don't mean it. >> burke: right. defense mechanism. >> stahl: right, because it's horrible. amed matthew burke by a priest in the first of many foster homes. when he sings the songs he's trying to give a name to what he lost. had to give my mother a name, and i could give her a name-- i can-- it would be georgia. >> stahl: i know a psychiatrist
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question she asks somebody is,rowing up, who loved you?" do you have an answer?icult to answer-- who loved me-- because there's different types of love. >> stahl: unconditional. i mean...ional... >> stahl: that's what i mean. >> burke: i've never... i've never experienced that. >> stahl: so you... you have no answer for that question. >> burke: i have no answer. r to that. >> stahl: it was daring, bringing real people, none of their own stories on the stage. what happened when the show opened when we come back. ss america, people like basketball hall of famer dominique wilkins... ...are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes... ...with non-insulin victoza .a pill to lower my blood sugar. but it didn't get me to my goal. works differently than pills. and comes in a pen. victoza
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higginsen several years back, when she launched gospel for e hip-hop generation the art of singing gospel. the teens are still coming, moreh year. it's all part of her drive to keep this music alive, and what better way to do that than tothe old together? there when vy invited her over-55 crew to a gospel for an "intergenerational exchange." en: come on, matthew. >> brown: that old man river,... >> stahl: vy wanted to know what the kids heard in matthew
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>> i hear the journey that he lived, coming from segregation, coming from racism.ain that our people had to endure, just by listening to his voice. and i thank him so much for sharing that with us. >> higginsen: wow! ( applause )e wanted the kids to try to copy the sounds they'd heard. >> roberta ross: soon, i will >> sateena turner: soon, i will be done... ( laughter )en: the older people are passing it on to the younger generation so the younger generation can pass it on to the next generation. >> higginsen: i don't want this >> ross: i'm goin' home >> turner: i'm goin' home
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( applause ) >> stahl: there sure didn't seem to be any risk of any music dying here, as vy's group took "alive: 55- plus and kickin'" before a packed house in harlem.has a saying: the first 50 years are for learning, and the second 50 years are for living.n you're in your 50s. >> brown: amazing grace...hat feels a lot like redemption. through in the music, and the real life stories, as when matthew brown, the 75-year-old janitor, tellsis battle with illiteracy.
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write. ted to drink. ( laughter ) but i had no give-up in me!nt back to school to learn to read and write. ( applause ) writing poems, and even entered a poetry contest. >> brown: i took third place. ( applause )years later, an essay contest. >> brown: i took first place! ( applause )hat life has thrown at you, no matter what you have done throughout your life, there's always a >> stahl: always. >> harris: and this play-- it's not even a play. this is real people telling realn through
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and it's been a healing process for me. oh, my love darling... ( cheers and applause ) >> stahl: when the man who spent more than half his life ining his wife will wait for him, it feels as though the song is his story. >> harris: are you still mine?need your love... >> stahl: but as in so many stories, this one had another twist.eo got out of prison, he started using drugs again. he robbed a hotel clerk and ended up in jail.e never contemplated suicide in my life until that night. i didn't want any human contact,t to call my wife. >> phyllis harris: very early sunday morning, the phone ring.m in jail."
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gonna hang up. she's gonna leave me." he got silent. and i said, "do you love me?" >> harris: and i started crying. i said, "yes, phyllis, i love you."l be there for you." she said, "we'll get through this together." you know i need your love... ris: then when i said it, i'm like, "what?" i'm saying to myself, "what did i say?" >> stahl: you don't know why you said it? >> phyllis harris: i don't know, no. ( laughs )id it? >> phyllis harris: but i said it. >> stahl: she waited eight and a half more years. ( applause ) >> walker: if i could, i'd protect you from the sadness in your eyes... , a surprise. the woman with the least dramatic story singing about sending her children off tot emotional
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>> walker: and if i couldre you don't want to be... o a child, wanting the best of everything for that child. i could have written it myself, it's that real for me.y won't have to be your way if i knew... >> burke: i love all the songs. but that song for me, i sta... she used to rehearse it here.n were crying. all the men. and they used to tease us and rehearse the song. bring the klee... kleenex to the boys." ed
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they were. >> burke: and i'm imagining inr saying that to me. >> stahl: and when it's his turn... >> burke: maybe you were just too young. burke speaks to his mother, trying to understand why she abandoned him. >> burke: maybe you were sick.at what you did was best for both you, and the mother he had had to name >> burke: georgia whoa, georgia the whole day through... >> stahl: so have you forgiven your mother? >> burke: i'd like to believeer fully. >> stahl: but you're not sure? >> burke: there's a lot of things that could have happened. and the only one thing that ie is that she said, "i don't want this child."
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>> burke: me. but i know... >> stahl: after a son mourning the absence of his mother, a mother mourns the loss of her hadn't been sure about. >> bingham: and i... i've heard spouse, you're a widow or a widower. if youan orphan. but they said, "what do you call someone that has to bury their child?" what do you call them? we don't have a name for it. >> bingham: there was a time when i couldn't tell the story to anybody without just bursting into tears. , she says, helps. >> bingham: and i wish you joy
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applause ) >> stahl: there's a pause before the song kicks up into a higher key... >> higginsen: they're cheering for her...makes it. >> higginsen: is she gonna get it? >> bingham: and i...iled it! >> bingham: love you... ng sung their songs and told their stories, this cast of characters in their" comes together for a grand finale. id the sense that vy's drive to keep the music alive has achieved something more.erall point of the show is this-- it's never too late for anything.
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going to be okay. >> stahl: second chances. is that the way you see this?even chances? ( laughs ) >> stahl: i'm told that you tell people you're looking at a miracle. not looking at a miracle, i don't know what a miracle looks like. >> brown: this is what i've always wanted to do.told us that you feel like you're floating. >> brown: ever since when i auditioned last year. i've been floating ever since then.ll up floating. >> brown: oh, i haven't been down since then. nsen: yes! ( applause ) >> brown: i love being an old man. ( laughs ) >> yes! yes! yes! stahl: the 2016 season of "alive: 55 plus and kickin'" begins in april. re i had the shooting,
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